4th Breast cancer forum: Screening, metastatic breast cancer and living with and beyond


Friday 15 September 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

RSM Professionals , Pink Ribbon


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about this event

Online registration has now closed, spaces are available for on the day registration.

We are delighted to partner with Pink Ribbon to deliver the fourth breast cancer forum. 

Leading consultants will address the latest research in breast screening, and provide you with an insight into the future treatment for metastatic breast cancer and how this can improve the outcome for patients living with and surviving breast cancer. Book your place today to hear from a panel of top experts.

Conference aim:
To review the current and best practice in diagnosing and managing breast cancer.

At the end of this conference, delegates will:

  • Understand the importance of breast screening programmes
  • Understand the various perspectives and contributions of the specialists involved in care
  • Know about the range of current drugs used for treating metastatic breast cancer
  • Know about the surgical approach to metastatic breast cancer
  • Know about the survival rates associated to metastatic breast cancer
  • Understand the impact of life after breast cancer 

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Susannah Stanway, Consultant Medical Oncologist,
    Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
    Specialises in breast cancer and survivorship
  • Dr Bhawna Sirohi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Barts Cancer Institute, London
    Specialises in breast cancer screening in rural India
  • Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield DBE, Professor of Psycho-oncology,
    Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
    Focuses on understanding and treating the social, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease
  • Professor Robert Thomas, Consultant Oncologist, Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
    Cancer specialist, with 30 years' experience in patient care

Who should attend?

This conference is aimed at a multidisciplinary audience including primary care, breast specialists in oncology, surgery, plastic surgery, radiology and genetics as well as patients who have had breast cancer.


Early bird rates are available until Tuesday 15 August 2017
RSM members: £50 - £130
Non members: £65 - £175


* Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here

The programme will be updated regularly


9.15 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.45 am

Welcome and introduction

Mr Gerard Dugdill, Course Convenor, Pink Ribbon and Dr Kath Thompson, Breast Cancer Patient and Pharmaceutical Physician

9.50 am

Duty of candour and breast screening

Dr Rosalind Given-Wilson, Consultant Radiologist, St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10.15 am

The politics of breast cancer, introduction to the work of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG)

Ms Siobhain McDonagh MP, APPG member

10.25 am

Questions and answers

Session one: Metastatic breast cancer

10.35 am

Latest treatments on offer

Dr Bhawna Sirohi, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Barts Cancer Institute

10.55 am

Patient representative perspective from United States

Rev Linda Loving, author, A New Song to Sing, Breast Cancer as Journey of Spirit

11.10 am

Advances in radiotherapy in the management of breast cancer

Dr John Conibear, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St Bartholomews’ Hospital

11.30 am

Panel discussion

11.40 am

Tea and coffee break

Session two: Metastatic breast cancer continued

11.55 am

The development of clinical nurse specialists in metastatic breast cancer

Dr Susannah Stanway, Consultant in Medical Oncology, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Ms Vanda Ribeiro and Ms Nikki Snuggs, Specialist Breast Cancer Nurses

12.20 pm

The balance between public perceptions of greatest need and where money best spent

Dr Elena Pizzo, Senior Research Associate, Department of Applied Health Research, University College London

12.40 pm

Access to drugs; and regulatory landscape

Dr Cecilia Chisholm, Medical Assessor in Licensing Division, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)

1.00 pm

Panel discussion

1.10 pm


Session three: Breast screening, a balanced perspective on current regimes and new methods

2.10 pm

Debate: Current screening regimes and survival rates

Professor Stephen Duffy, Professor of Cancer Screening, Queen Mary university of London, Dr Sue Astley, Reader in Imaging Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, Cheryl Cruwys, Patient Advocate

3.10 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session four: Living with and beyond breast cancer

3.20 pm

Complementary aids, including diet and exercise

Professor Robert Thomas, Consultant Oncologist, Bedford and Addenbrooke’s Cambridge university hospitals NHS Trust

3.50 pm

Progression free survival

Professor Dame Lesley Fallowfield, DBE, Professor of Psycho-oncology, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex

4.20 pm

Psychological aspects of survival

Dr Joel Vos, Clinical and Health Psychologist and Philosopher (NL); Associate Professor in Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton, Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST)

4.35 pm

Surgical perspectives– the future of metastatic breast cancer surgery, plus a look at implant-related cancers

Miss Laura Johnson, Consultant Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon, St Bartholomew’s Hospital

4.55 pm

Closing panel

5.10 pm

Close of meeting

5.15 pm

Networking and drinks reception

Public information day

Saturday 16 September 2017

For more information please email:

Gerard Dugdill, Pink Ribbon, gd@pinkribbon.co.uk

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For information on this event, contact:
Jodie Phillips
Assistant Events Team Manager
RSM Professionals
The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
T: +44(0)20 7290 3928

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